Paving the way for al-Houthi to the secession border... Al-Masdar online traces the details of the full story of Al-Oud front

Paving  the way for al-Houthi to the secession border... Al-Masdar online traces the details of the full story of Al-Oud front


Last Thursday night was exceptional for the children of Al-oud areas, administratively affiliated to Al-Nadera, east of Ibb Province in the middle of the country, as a result of the accelerating events that ended with the control of the Houthi militia in all areas of Al-oud front in a shocking scene of many followers and members of the region.

During the past months, the Houthi militia has worked with all possible means to control Al-oud, Hamak and Qattaba areas in Ibb and Al-Dale governorates. Armed confrontations between government forces and the Houthis, which erupted on March 23, were only the final chapter of the process of completing the control project of the Houthi militia on Al-oud, it was preceded by the most important chapters and these chapters continued to be decisive in the declaration of Control and progress of the Houthi militia at the expense of the government forces.

Informed sources reported that the Houthi militia conducted a comprehensive study of the areas of Al-Oud and its vicinity from the direction of al-Dale and carried out a large polarization in the circles of several Sheikhs  of Al-Oud especially, and that large areas in rare, including the areas of Al-Oud remained outside the control of the Houthi militia and owes allegiance to the Government forces however, the parties to the conflict have avoided stationing in Al-Oud areas for a number of reasons, especially since the remnants of the war in the central regions cannot be easily forgotten.

Previous agreements

Since 2015, there have been agreements between Al-Oud and its elders, the al-Houthi community and the government forces that Al-Oud regions have not been involved in the aftermath of the events and confrontations that have taken place in a number of Yemeni regions and governorates since the Houthi coup in September 2014, but what the militias were working on. Al-Houthi behind the scenes made many of the sons and elders of Al-Oud question the Houthi militia's intentions to continue implementing the previous agreements.

The beginning

On the morning of March 23, hours after a tribal meeting with citizens and Houthi leaders, in which they agreed to continue the implementation of what had been previously agreed, large groups of Houthi militia tried to infiltrate the top of  al-Oud strategic mount but the people in the areas of the countries prevented them from going to erupt violent confrontations between the residents and the Houthi militia, which killed and wounded on both sides, two vehicles were damaged and the residents managed to control the mountain of Al-oud and other sites, but other Houthi groups succeeded in agreeing with local Sheikhs to control "Naqeel Hadda " and  "Al-Shami Mountain " and  "Biet AL-Shawki" under Al-Oud toward Directorate of Damt north of the province of al-Dale.

After the incident, government forces intervened to support the residents in resisting the Houthi militia, and Al-Oud areas witnessed violent confrontations that lasted for nearly 25 days, and the Houthi militia was unable to make any progress on the ground except for few battles of the war, attack, confrontation, skirmishes and artillery shelling between the two sides.

Since April 3, the Houthi militia has changed its tactics in order to achieve field successes, but in different ways Sheikhs  played a decisive role in it, in addition to their early success in planting Houthi cells in the 30-armored Brigade camp, which was led by Brigadier General Abdu Kareem Sayadi, where a decision was issued last March and he was dismissed from the Brigade's command as a result of several claims of being pro-Houthis and financial and administrative corruption during his command of the 30th Armoured Brigade.

The decision to dismiss Brigadier Abdul Karim Sayadi and the appointment of Brigadier Hadi Awlaqi as a major turning point sparked the clashes a few days after the new commander took up his duties in the camp between government forces and the Houthis, and almost claimed the lives of Awlaqi as he was subjected to an assassination attempt by officers inside The camp just hours before the camp fell and a number of his escorts were wounded in the operation.

Sheikhs were the Trojan Horse

According to the sources, MP Sheikh Hizam Fadel, who previously met with Mahdi al-Mashat, president of the so-called Supreme Political Council--the highest authority of the Houthis in Sana'a--led Fadel with his son Aqil Fadel, chairman of the General People's Congress in Ibb province “ Saleh Faction” and his nephew Sultan Fadel and appointed by the militia as a Director of the Directorate of Damt with other people, including Abdelhamid al-Shahiri, Nabil al-Madhrahi and other Al-oud elders, with the aim of circumventing the resilience and resistance of people backed by government forces. The apparent efforts of some officials to spare the region the consequences of war and the removal of the parties from Al-oud, while there were movements of others led by Sultan Fadel confirms that the aim of the Houthi and the authorities of Sanaa to reach secession borders before 1990 and that according to a plan and agreement with factions of the Southern movement, while The Arab coalition’s disregard and symptoms of its attribution provide evidence of the veracity of the Sultan Fadel team, which has succeeded to some extent in dislocation community leaders who had sided with the resistance but retreated at crucial moments.

The leader's family coup.

The movements of the people were not the only actors, but other factors contributed to accelerating the fall of the Al-oud front, as a number of the leaders and forces that arrived from the forces of Tariq Saleh and others of the forces of the 30 armoured brigade who were planted in the camp early, their presence was a painful blow after their withdrawal from the positions  in Al-Wahj area  "Sharnama", "Najd sanaf", "Daqaeq", "Masna;ah"," Asaqah  “  and other sites that were presented to bring down al-Oud strategic Mount.

Informed sources reported that a group of members of the 30-armored brigade, especially those from the family of former commander Brigadier Abdul Kareem-Sayadi, they  "Mujib Sayadi, Mohammed Ahmed Sayadi, Mohamed Abdo Amin, Abdo Massad Sayadi, Antar Sayadi, Mohammed Ahmed Sayadi," and others including Sheikh Mahmoud Dajenah played A pivotal role in the handover of positions and the stabbing of the army from the rear where they delivered the sector "Yabar " and  "Zofar " and  "Hadhar " without any confrontations.

According to the sources, the officer Abdou Mohamed Ayash set up an armed ambush for the commander of the 30 armoured brigade Brigadier Hadi Awlaqi and escaped the last of the ambush while Ayash contacted the leaders of the positions of the 30 Armored Brigade agreed with them to withdraw from their positions especially sites  "Najd Sanaf" and  "Yabar " and  "Zofar " and  "Al- Oud Mount  and this has been a major collapse, with a few groups of people involved in the resistance remaining and fighting in the Shanan area until they returned the Houthi militia and were surprised by the Houthi militia attacking  "Hamak " from the top of the "Yabar " and  "Zofar ", where the shock was great for them as these sites are counted on government forces and which they retreated to "Wateef" area and formed a front with Ahmed Kaid Qubbah, the commander of the security belt, and groups from the 83rd and 4th Brigade and special forces.

Lure and Trap

Before the fall of al-Oud  Mount on the day, the Houthi militia, together with Sheikh Nabil al-Madhrahi and Sultan Fadel, attacked the positions of government forces in the sector  "Mankhalah " and  "Al-Khamis market " and the village  "Beit Al-Qahami ", and the Houthis managed to achieve a breakthrough by controlling some sites in  " Mankhalah " And government forces from the Al-oud heights to  "Mankhalah " and  " Souk Al Khamis " Where they are considered low areas to be another plan to flank the positions of government forces and in a few numbers.

With the control of al-Houthi militia on the sites  " Mankhalah " and  "Souk Al Khamis " The Houthis were able to cut the supply line for army and resistance forces in the Oud Mountains-a strategic mountain range spanning more than 8 km. The sources confirmed that a meeting held on Wednesday evening with the parliamentary Hizam Fadel and his son Aqil Fadel and the son of his brother Sultan Fadel and Shahiri, some of them were under the command of important sites in al-Oud strategic mount agreed to withdraw from their positions for the Houthi militia.

The fall of Hamak and the 30th Armoured Brigade Camp

With the control of the Houthi militia on the sites of "Najd Al-Sanaf " and  "Daqaeq " and  "Masna’ah " and  "Asaqa " and other locations following the withdrawal of forces affiliated to Tariq Saleh, the Houthis were able to move quickly to the cutting of the general line that extends the outposts of Hamak front , which led to the fall of  Hamak completely.

Following an attempt by al-Sayadi officers to overthrow the new commander Brigadier Hadi Awlaqi and escape an assassination attempt and exit from “Hilm” camp   of Hamak  front known as the 30 Armoured Brigade camp, the Houthis, who were recruited into the brigade's forces, dropped the camp entirely quickly and shook the spirits of remaining elements of the government forces.

Al Oud Mountain Gate

Field sources said that the Houthi militia arrived on Thursday evening to “Thudan”  Heights  and the location of the "Maghrebah " The site facing “Basm” Mount  the main gate of al-Oud Mount and the villages of  "Thudan", and this was the first fruit to meet of Hizam with other Sheikhs  and field commanders affiliated to Gov forcces .

According to knowledgeable sources, large sums of money were given to Sheikhs and others who played a prominent role in the sudden fall of Al-oud front, in addition to seizing weapons and heavy military equipment by the Shiekhs, and the militia accepted the looting of weapons in exchange for the overthrow of the front and the sources indicated the formation of armed groups affiliated with Sheikhs cut the roads and entrances to al-Oud mount in order to seize the weapons that were with the government forces and to attach the issue of taking it to the Houthis, although the weapons were looted by the region's Shiekhs.


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